Soma in Vedic Mythology and Ritual (study)

by Anjana Chakraborty | 2017 | 51,491 words

This thesis is called: A study of the evolution of Soma in vedic mythology and ritual. It represents a thorough discussion on the characteristics of Vedic Gods, Soma and Vedic rituals. As the ritual plays a very important role in Rigveda it is only natural that Soma, the plant, the juice of which is so much used in the ritual is deified as one of ...

Chapter 3(k) - The Concluding Rite (Udayaniyeshti)

Then follows the concluding rite named ‘udayaniyeshti’ which is performed in the first vedi i.e. the Pracina vedi and not in the uttar vedi. The procedure of the performance of concluding rite is the same, as adopted in the rite of initiating (the prayaniyeshti)[1]. All the offerings are made according to the serial, only the ajya oblation to Pathya svasti is followed at number four[2]. After the udayaniyeshti the rite related to the Anubandhya cow is performed. The Brahma salutes to the Kama daiti with the mantrasapatnahanam[3], at that movement the anubandhya cow is kept present in the north east side of vedi.

If the yajamana performs the rite of ‘yupaikadashini’ (the rite in which eleven animals are offered to the various deities) the animal (he goat) is offered to Tvashtri Deities after removing the omentam of it or alternately the animal is set free after taking the fire around it (paryagni)[4].

Footnotes and references:


Vaitana Sutra. 24. 8 (=+)


Vaitana Sutra. 24. 8 (&F)


Atharva Veda 9. 2. 1


Vaitana Sutra. 24. 11-12.

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